"The Last Knight" 1 Step Changer Scorn Toy Review
Release Date: September 2017
Price Point: $9.99 (Varies by retailer)
Retailer: General Release (Toys R Us, K-Mart, Target etc.)
Text in italics below are from the official Hasbro web site:
Experience the thrill of quick conversion with Turbo Changer figures that switch modes in 1 step. Convert this 1-Step Turbo Changer Cyberfire Scorn figure from robot to Spinosaurus mode with 1 exciting motion. This Scorn figure features movie-inspired detailing with hidden Cyberfire symbols that can be revealed using the Mega 1-Step Turbo Changer Dragonstorm figure. (Figure sold separately. Subject to availability.)
In the explosive Transformers: The Last Knight movie, new heroes rise in an epic struggle to forge a future for all. Free at last from the chains of Lockdown, Scorn is chomping at the bit to take down the evil Decepticons. And when Scorn gets started, the massive Spinosaurus Dinobot is almost impossible to overpower. His tail-whipping abilities make him an overwhelming predator against the enemies he attacks.
Includes Transformers: The Last Knight 1-Step Turbo Changer Scorn figure and on-box instructions.
- 1-Step Turbo Changer Scorn figure
- Transformers: The Last Knight movie detailing
- Converts between robot and Spinosaurus modes
- Converts in 1 quick step
- Figure scale: 4.25 inches
- Ages 5 and up
Scorn is a Dinobot introduced in "Age of Extinction". While the character had a couple fun scenes in the film, he was not quite as "front and center" as Grimlock. Despite that, Scorn returns in toy form for "The Last Knight" as a 1-Step Turbo Changer in one of the final assortments of figures for the line.
The new One Step Changer packaging for "The Last Knight" actually takes a design cue from the 2017 One Step Changers in "Robots in Disguise". Instead of a flat card and a bubble, the new packaging is cardboard which has a plastic tray attached to it. The figure is tied to the tray and then cardboard wraps around it to provide additional graphics. The background features a close up of the character art (roughly from the neck up). The figure is packaged in Beast Mode and the part of the card that folds over the front shows off part of the robot mode. This line introduces a new sub-category of figures, the "Turbo Changers" which seems to include anything that falls under the 1-5 Step change category. So in this case this is a 1-Step Turbo Changer figure. On the right side of the card (if you are facing it) is the vertical Transformers logo used since "Age of Extinction" and on the front is the logo for "The Last Knight" set against a black background. The back of the packaging features the figure in both modes, emphasizing its One Step transformation.
Scorn's beast mode was one of my favorites among the Dinobots introduced in "Age of Extinction". Between the long snout filled with sharp looking teeth and the sail/blades on his back he strikes a very dynamic looking figure. This figure is full of details in this mode, and if you really take time to look over the sculpting you really get a sense of how intricate the character's CG model was in the film. Almost every inch is covered with some type of angled or complex looking detail ranging from overlapping armor plating to tubing underneath the armor panels. Sure he's a simple 1-Step Changer, but that doesn't mean he is not detailed.
This figure is cast in two plastic colors: gunmetal grey and red. While the Dinobots were largely just gunmetal grey in the movies, they generally had some color highlights. In Scorn's case that highlight was red. This figure amps up just how much red Scorn has. Between red plastic parts and red paint, there is almost a 50/50 (okay, maybe 60/40) distribution between the gunmetal grey and red colors on this figure and it looks great. My favorite paint detail is the red on the neck, which is done in a really beautiful spray pattern you do not see often on action figures nowadays. In a nice bit of (perhaps unintentional) homage to G1, the eyes in this mode are painted light blue, echoing the tendency for Autobots in G1 to have blue eyes.
There are five points of articulation on this figure. They are not all in the usual places. Sure he has leg articulation at the knees, but the whole front section (the head, arms, neck) can turn side to side which is interesting, but uncommon. It is cool to have a 1-Step Changer that is not just a block in beast mode.
Transformation to Robot Mode:
- Hold on to the beast mode legs and swing them outward. This will reveal the upper body of the robot mode which will twist around automatically.
- Swing the sail/blades on the back of the beast mode up, then swing each half against the back.
- Straighten out the arms and rotate the beast mode head around.
- Swing the claws back on the feet.
Scorn's robot mode was not terribly clear on screen as he was mostly in group shots at the time. However some common features have appeared on various incarnations of the character in toy form. First, his design follows the aesthetic of a knight from the Middle Ages. One of Scorn's most distinctive details is the head design which features a flat, angled top, a mouthplate and visor eyes. These design reminds me of a Great Helm style helmet. Scorn's design is also distinctive due to the asymmetrical arm design. His left arm is basically a giant "whip" formed by his beast mode tail. Meanwhile the right arm is formed from his beast mode head and neck (though other versions of this character give him an actual fist). This gives him a positively savage appearance that befits a Dinobot. Scorn was engineered to fight and it shows in his design.
This mode uses the same colors as the beast mode, but we get to see some gunmetal grey paint on his torso and blue on the visor eyes. The spray pattern I mentioned fron the beast mode neck can be seen on his thighs and both arms in this form and it really adds to the visual appeal of the figure.
Scorn has eight points of articulation, which is a lot for a 1-Step Changer. This is mostly thanks to the right arm, which by itself has four points of articulation.
As 1-Step Changers go, Scorn is a really well done figure. He looks great and he is more than just a brick stuck in one pose in robot mode. Recommended mostly for younger fans who want an easy to change version of this Dinobot.
- Fantastic sculpt in both modes.
- Great paint work.
- Above average posability in both modes.
- Simplified design may not be for many fans who want a more complex design.